Friday, March 11, 2011

Marcellus Drilling Bill Appears Headed To Conference Committee

Marcellus drilling legislation (Com. Sub. for S.B. 424) is expected to go to legislative conferees tomorrow, which is the last day of the 2011 regular legislative session. The bill, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee, contains a better defintion of a horizontal well based on water usage, preemption of local regulation and no severance tax increase. However, the bill's surface owner rights and water reporting provisions remain in controversy.